Holding vigil in Chicago for immigrant children and families are (l.) BVM Mary Ellen Meckley; Benita Coffey, OSB; and BVMs Gwen Farry and Saskia Alquinga.
BVM Sisters participated in a Chicago vigil on the first day of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and action for immigrant children and families.
The Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity Immigration Ministry in Chicago, a BVM ministry partner, was one of the sponsors of the “They’re All Our Children” vigil.
It was very moving to be part of this interfaith group who are passionate about speaking up for the voiceless,” says Gwen Farry, BVM.
Prayer, fasting, and action will continue through Nov. 25. Participants were encouraged to sign up for a day to fast or to pray for those who are fasting.
“The action we are urged to take is to contact our members of Congress,” says Gwen, and ask them to include language in appropriations bills that ensures immigrant children and families are treated with dignity, and support greater oversight of the Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection’s processing of immigrant children and families.